The Edith Chase Symposium is a series of educational programs to acquaint people who are not specialists, with issues of importance in the Earth Sciences and Water Sciences. The Symposium was initiated in 2014 to honor Edith Chase, a scientist who contributed her expertise, energy, and outstanding analytic and communication skills to benefit the ecosystems of the City of Kent, the State of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Basin. At the time of Ms. Chase's decision, at age 90, to reduce the public advocacy activities in which she took part, the League of Women Voters of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council together began organizing this program, in recognition of Ms. Chase's service in the two organizations over fifty years. The first Symposium program was presented June 5, 2015. In 2016, The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., was registered as an Ohio non-profit corporation, and has been approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so that donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.

Before the Well Runs Dry

The 2019 program
will be "Resurrection River," on June 7, 2019, in Kent. This program will open a month of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River that ignited public interest in restoring our land and water. This program will examine the events and strategies that led to the adoption of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Nixon Administration, and recount the fifty years of work in northern Ohio that have brought flourishing natural life back to the Cuyahoga River watershed.


Not a Drop to Drink


If you attended the 2018 program, please tell us how you learned of the program. Please click here to download a response form. Thank you.

Where Ohio Meets the Lake

Restoration Through Vegetation

Before the Well Runs Dry

Not a Drop to Drink

Edith Chase Kent Heritage Festival

Edith Chase,
scientist, activist, advocate – a description of some of the services that Edith Chase has contributed to the protection of the ecosystem of the Great Lakes Basin.

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In Memory of Edith Chase

How you can help.
The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., is an Ohio non-profit corporation. No federal, state, or local tax money has been applied for or accepted to fund this program. Private donations, including individuals, advocacy groups, and responsible businesses, have been the only sources of support to create and maintain this program. Donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.